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Royal Brighton Yacht Club Brighton, Victoria

Royal Brighton Yacht Club has a long and distinguished history going back to 1875, growing from a small lean-to shed on the beach here in Brighton to the large modern facility you see now.
Our passion for the sport of sailing has remained undiminished. The style of yachts may have changed, but the wind in our sails, friendly competition and adventurous cruising further afield, continue to attract countless Melburnians and visitors to our Club on the water.
We have an extensive sailing program, which provides opportunities for young and old, male and female, racer and cruiser to go sailing. For those new to sailing there is children’s or adult learn to sail, while for the more experienced there is racing, or cruising, or a combination of both. Besides our active keelboat and one-design fleets, our dinghy classes are strongly re-establishing themselves.
The Club’s online calendar provides an overview of what is on offer this season. Some prefer the Club’s active social program with numerous functions and live musical entertainment without venturing out on the water, whilst our Iceberger members have found a home here for their daily swims.
We recommend our catering and hospitality to you – we have a beautiful Members Lounge and a stylish function room with views over the water upstairs to suit all your wedding, dining, party and conferencing requirements. In 2018 we opened our redeveloped forecourt, deck and brand new kitchen downstairs, and this has become a wonderful new social hub for the Club for all Members and their guests and visitors.

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location
253 Esplanade Middle Brighton Victoria 3186
phone
+61 03 9592 3092

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We recommend our catering and hospitality to you – we have a beautiful Members Lounge and a stylish function room with views over the water upstairs to suit all your wedding, dining, party and conferencing requirements. In 2018 we opened our redeveloped forecourt, deck and brand new kitchen downstairs, and this has become a wonderful new social hub for the Club for all Members and their guests and visitors.

Location

253 Esplanade Brighton Victoria

Royal Brighton Yacht Club has collected a great deal of sailing memorabilia during it's 144 years of operation. We have steering wheels from old ships, flags, trophies etc which we would like to catalogue.The significant collection of trophies displayed at Royal Brighton Yacht Club is being loaded online for the benefit of all members.

Many members will have additional information about these memorabilia. We encourage and welcome anyone with such knowledge to send any additions or corrections to [email protected] with the subject heading "RBYC Collections Contribution".

83 items

83 items

Trophy - Most Improved Cruiser

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This trophy was donated by David and Wendy Pollard to RBYC in 2002, to be awarded annually to the most improved cruiser The aim of this award is to encourage and recognise the newer skippers in taking responsibility and in sailing further into ocean waters and all other facets pertaining thereto.

Trophy - Cruising Yachtsman of the Year

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Cruising Yachtsman of the Year trophy was donated to RBYC in 1993 by Commodore John R. and Mrs Anna Robinson of Queenscliffe Cruising Yacht club. The trophy is a silver wine basket to be presented with a bottle of wine on a white serviette in it. The winner is entitled to have the trophy on their table with their wine bottle in it if they were having dinner at the club.

Trophy - Stars and Compass

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Stars and Compass Trophy was donated by Richard Hawkins in 1998 (the Year of the Oceans) to encourage the use of traditional navigation skills by yachts at sea. See attached document for more extensive background information

Boat Models - Boat Models

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

These models of RBYC Race Management boats (Blue Gum, RB8 and Tarni) have been donated by Graham Noel and can be viewed in a glass cabinet of the Olympic restaurant at RBYC. Graham originally donated the model of Tarni to the club in 2005, in acknowledgement of the valuable work done by race management volunteers. The model was presented to Harry Tedston on his retirement as Race Officer in 2008. Harry then donated the trophy back to the club in 2009, for the enjoyment of all members.

Trophy - Twilight with Extras

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Twilight series "with extras" (ie boats racing with spinnakers) is sailed on Wednesday evenings over summer. The first winner of this trophy was Jim Simmons in 2009/10.

Trophy - Blizzard Winter Series

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

The Blizzard winter series is run for keelboats over the winter months. It was first raced in 2009.

Trophy - Phil Bedlington Award

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This trophy is donated by Phil Bedlington and is awarded annually as part of the RBYC presentation night. It is awarded for an Outstanding Achievement in Sailing at the National or International level. The first winner was Krystal Weir in 2001/2002

Model yacht - Revelle Family Perpetual Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This trophy has been donated by Diarne Revelle. It is awarded to the PHS winner of the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series race sailed as part of the BLISS regatta.

Trophy - BLISS Club Teams Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This is the BLISS Club teams trophy, awarded to the Club which partook in the whole BLiSS program (training & racing), for the club that has the highest female participation rate.

Shield - Jubilee Perpetual Trophy - Senior Division

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

This is a long standing Jubilee trophy awarded annually

Trophies - Etchells Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Royal Brighton Yacht Club is the home of the Melbourne Etchells Fleet. You can see the Etchells trophies by clicking on the right hand arrows starting with the photo above.

Trophies - Non-Sailing Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

When not on the water many RBYC members enjoy billiards or golf, with regular annual events being held for both.

Trophy - Navy Teams Racing Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

These are trophies for the Navy Teams Invitational racing - Victorian selections series and National Championships..

Trophies - Ornate and Old trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Over the history of RBYC some very ornate trophies have been presented. These are no longer used but are brought out for display on special occasions. You can see some of these by clicking on the right arrow on the photo above.

Junior and Transition Trophies - Junior classes

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Sabot Dinghies have raced at RBYC for a great many years, as a training boat for boys and girls and as a "one design" regatta boat. There are a number of trophies which have been awarded, some of which have since been repurposed for use by other junior classes. If you click on the "right arrow" on the photo above you can see each of these one by one.

Cadet Dinghy Trophies - Cadets

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Cadet Dinghies have a long proud history at RBYC with many Trophies awarded over the years. Apart from the Stonehaven Cup (see separate entry) the other trophies are shown here. You can see these by clicking on the right arrow on the photo above.

Trophy - 1930s Trophies

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

1930s Trophies Donor: Deed of Gift: Details: Left to Right A1 Class ‘Acrospire’ 1936 Young Frothblowers Corella 1930 Corella and Royalist 1930/ 34

model - J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy Donor: J. H. Linacre Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was presented by J. H. Linacre and the Linacre family in memory of their father Jim Linacre who was a past Commodore and one of the founders of the Jubilee Class of yachts in 1935. The trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Jubilee Class Victorian Championship. First Winner: Freydis BJ1, J. H. Linacre 1947/48

Tray - W. G. Linacre Memorial Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

W. G. Linacre Memorial Trophy (Tray) Donor: J. H. Linacre Deed of Gift: The trophy was donated by the Linacre family in memory of their brother Bill who was also a member of the RBYC. The trophy is awarded to the winner of a Jubilee class race at RBYC. First Winner: Freelance BJ25, N. McInnes 5/3/1955

Cup - Vanessa Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Vanessa Cup Donor: Past Commodore J. A. Linacre, 1935 Deed of Gift: No The 8-metre yacht Vanessa was at one time owned by Commodore J. A. Linacre who originally donated the trophy to the B Class. With the introduction of the new Jubilee Class in 1935 the trophy was transferred and is now awarded each year to the winner of the Jubilee Class RBYC season aggregate. First Winner: (B Class) Eighteen Twenty, 1935 (Jubilee) Rotanes, A. E. Akhurst 1936

Cup - Sarawaki Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Sarawaki Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: No First Winner: Bramac, B.J.C 1936 RBYC to Mornington: Freelance, R. J. Colemen 1982

Cup - Returned Soldiers’ Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Returned Soldiers’ Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: No There is an earlier returned soldiers trophy which is a World War I shell case which was awarded to commemorate the RBYC members who served in the first World War. The first trophy was awarded to the Jubilee yacht Rotanes BJ3, owned by A. E. Akhurst in 1935. For an unknown reason the current Returned Soldiers’ Cup was purchased and first awarded in season 1935/36. First Winner: Sylvia BJ2, W. Jamison 1935/36

Cup - Perpetual Challenge Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Perpetual Challenge Cup Donor: Presented by the first 10 owners Deed of Gift: Yes 3/8/1953 The first owners were J. A. Linacre, W. Jamison, A. E. Akhurst, C. H. Beyer, J. Stewart, W. Ross, G. Douglas, E. A. Franklin, O. H. Tuck and G. O’Connor. The trophy was originally intended for interclub competition, however it seems to have only been used in club racing at RBYC. First Winner: Sarawaki BJ8, 1935/36

half model - Mornington Perpetual Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Mornington Perpetual Trophy Donor: The Mornington Yacht Club 1985 Deed of Gift: No Donated to commemorate the Jubilee class 50th anniversary and is awarded to the winner of the last heat of the Victorian Championship for the J. A. Linacre Memorial Trophy. First Winner: Killara J, R. A. Chisholm 1986

Shield - Les Pound Shield

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Les Pound Shield Donor: Victorian Jubilee Controlling Body Deed of Gift: In 1966 in recognition of his great contribution in developing the Jubilee class and to its ongoing success over many years, the Victorian Jubilee Controlling Body donated the Les Pound Shield. It is to be awarded to the best Victorian Jubilee yacht competing in the annual Huntingfield Cup. Les Pound was one of the original owners, building his own BJ4 Aeolus in 1935. In his later years, to minimize the task of maintaining a timber boat, he purchased a fiberglass boat which he named after his wife Stella. He was made an honorary life member in 1972. First Winner: Aeolus BJ4, L. N. Pound 1966

Cup - Jubilee Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Jubilee Cup Donor: Commodore A. T. Crick 1935 Deed of Gift: No Donated by Commodore Crick to commemorate the Jubilee year of King George V and which gave name to the new class of yacht. The trophy was originally awarded to the B class of yachts but with the launch of the new Jubilees, it was transferred to that class. Fist B Class Winner: Virginia, A. S. Sturrock 1934/35 First Jubilee Winner: Sylvia, W. Jamison 1936

Cup - Huntingfield Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Huntingfield Cup Donor: Governor of Victoria Lord Huntingfield, 1936 Deed of Gift: Yes The trophy was donated as a perpetual trophy for interstate competition for their Australian Championship. Originally the trophy was competed for by a team of 3 yachts from each state using yachts provided by the home state. The first teams’ race was won by NSW with Ken Clark and Alan Baldick sailing Petrel. In 1966 the series became an individual competition with the first being won by Victorian yacht Aeolus BJ4 by L. N. Pound in 1966.

Cup - Harvie Linklater Cup

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Harvie Linklater Cup Donor: Deed of Gift: Harvie Linklater was one of the early member of RBYC and for a number of years was the clubs’ Historian. He raced on a number of the clubs’ famous early yachts, including with J. A. Linacre, a past Commodore. He was also one of the Brighton members who started off the Black Rock Yacht Club as an annex of the RBYC. First Winner: Samoa BJ21, H. Stephens 1948/49

Tray - Freydis Trophy (Tray)

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Freydis Trophy (Tray) Donor: Peter Pandell 1986 Deed of Gift: The trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual Jubilee class Long Race which is approximately 19/20 nautical miles in distance. The trophy is named after the first Jubilee BJ1 built in 1935. First Winner: Le Marin, Harry Tedstone 1986

Trophy - Charles Peel Trophy

Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton

Historical information

Charles Peel Trophy Donor: Peter Mitcheson Deed of Gift: No Peter was the nephew of Charles Peel who was one of the designers of the Jubilee class yacht first launched with Freydis BJ1 in 1935. Peter also at one time owned the Jubilee yachts Freydis BJ1 and Sylvia BJ2. Sylvia was destroyed in a collision with a ship at the mouth of the Yarra River. First Winner: